Winston-Salem, N.C. (September 26, 2016) — It’s almost time to get “Your Ticket to Homegrown Fun!” The Dixie Classic Fair, the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina and a Triad tradition, opens on Friday, September 30th.

The 2016 Dixie Classic Fair will be held September 30 – October 9, 2016 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds in Winston-Salem. The Fair’s hours are 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., with an early opening on both Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

“The Dixie Classic Fair is annually one of the most popular, family-friendly events in the Triad,” said David Sparks, director of the Dixie Classic Fair. “Fair fans love to come for the food, entertainment, rides, and to see what is new each year. The Dixie Classic Fair is a great Fall tradition in our area, and I’m excited for folks to experience what this year’s Fair has to offer.”

This year marks the 134th year of the Fair in Winston-Salem. Originally founded as a wheat exhibition in Salem in 1882, the inaugural Wheat Fair consisted of 28 exhibitors. Families traveled by train, wagon, horseback and on foot to attend. Today, more than 320,000 people from across the region attend the Dixie Classic Fair on average each year to enjoy the hundreds of exhibitions, thousands of competitive entries, games, food, rides, entertainment and unique family atmosphere.

The Dixie Classic Fair annually features the best in food, rides, games and fun. In addition, the 2016 Fair will present top-notch musical entertainment. Leading the way on Monday, October 3rd, are country artists Jordan Rager and Drew Baldridge, sponsored by New Country Q104.1. Rager has been performing since he was 15 years old. He gained popularity by singing cover versions of popular country music songs, amassing more than 3.7 million viewers on YouTube as a result. In early 2016, he signed his first recording contract and release his first Top 40 single, “Southern Boy.” He is currently recording his debut album.

Illinois native Drew Baldridge burst onto the country music scene in early 2016 with his first EP “Dance With Ya.” The EP’s popularity led him to write and record his debut album, “Dirt on Us,” which debuted on June 10. A songwriter for many years on the Nashville scene, Baldridge has now stepped to the forefront – and the front of the stage – in country music.

On Tuesday, October 4th, Fair fans will be entertained by The Motown Sounds of Touch. The Motown Sounds of Touch is the premier Motown tribute band, entertaining audiences across the country for more than fifteen years. A finalist on the NBC competition show “And the Winner Is,” members of The Motown Sounds of Touch are veterans of the industry, having written songs for The Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson. Their performance will bring the golden age of R&B to the Dixie Classic Fair.

Wrapping up the Dixie Classic Fair’s headlining musical acts on Wednesday, October 5th is Contemporary Christian act The Passion Band featuring Kristian Stanfill, sponsored by WBFJ. For nearly 20 years, The Passion Band has delighted audiences with their music, releasing 18 albums, and 15 live albums, throughout their career. Lead singer Stanfill has released two critically-acclaimed albums, “Attention” (2009), and “Mountains Move” (2011), and the same year was named Best New Artist at the 42nd GMA Dove Awards.

The 2016 Dixie Classic Fair will also showcase the best in local and regional rock, country, R&B and gospel acts at the Triad Area Chevy Dealers Clock Tower Stage on the Fairgrounds. Musical appearances throughout the Fair at the Clock Tower stage include:

  • Jim Cole
  • Leah Shaw
  • The Camel City Showcase, featuring bands and artists from across the area
  • Gospelfest
  • The Eliminators 2
  • Earnest Johnson
  • Mystery Hillbillies
  • O.T.
  • Higher Ground
  • Bo Stephens

This year’s Dixie Classic Fair includes a number of promotional days throughout the event. These include:

  • Monday, October 3 – 107.5 WKZL/City of Winston-Salem Unlimited Ride Promotion Day; School Day (Pre-school – 5th grade students admitted free until 2:00 p.m.) – Gates open for students at 9:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 4 – 107.5 WKZL/City of Winston-Salem Unlimited Ride Promotion Day; Senior Adults Day – Gates open for Seniors at 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 5 – Crisis Control Food Day at the Fair – Bring five cans or five boxes of non-perishable food items and receive one free admission.
  • Wednesday, October 5 – Special Education Day – Admission free for persons with disabilities. Gates open at 9:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 6 – 5 WKZL/City of Winston-Salem Unlimited Ride Promotion Day

WXII Military Appreciation Day – Active and retired Military and immediate family receive free admission with proper ID.

  • Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9 – Winston-Salem Journal Family Fun Days – Bring the coupon from the Winston-Salem Journal and receive free admission for children ages 4-11 with a paid adult. Children seven and under can ride all James E. Strates Shows Kiddeland rides for $10 until 7:00 p.m.

The Dixie Classic Fair also provides the best in competitive competitions.  Entrants will compete for more than $225,000 in prize money in dozens of departments and hundreds of categories, including:

  • Livestock
  • Horticulture
  • Agronomy
  • Fine Arts and Crafts
  • Poultry
  • Floriculture
  • Clothing
  • Home furnishings
  • Culinary
  • Photography

Blue, red and white ribbons will be awarded to the top finishers in each category. In 2015, the Dixie Classic Fair received more than 30,000 entries in its competitive events.

For more information about the 2016 Dixie Classic Fair, please visit

About The Dixie Classic Fair

Celebrating its 134th year in 2016, the Dixie Classic Fair is the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina. Owned and operated by the City of Winston-Salem after being donated to the City by the Winston-Salem Foundation in 1969, the 10-day annual Fair features nationally known musical entertainment, delicious food and beverages, exhibits for livestock, poultry, fine arts and crafts, a world-class carnival with numerous rides and games among many more activities. It is attended by an average of 320,000 visitors each year. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit